Understanding The Bible
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BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
Date: AD 67/68.
Occasion: Written in anticipation of Peter's early death (1:14). It reminds one therefore a great deal of 2 Timothy. Some believe that when Peter arrived in Rome (after Paul's execution) he too was martyred, crucified head downward. (Tradition says this was al; his own request because he did not feel worthy to die in like manner as his Lord. See John 21:18-19.)
Subject or key thought: "Remembrance."
Theme: In his second epistle the apostle continues to strengthen the brethren. He reminds them of their "precious faith" (1:1) and of the "precious promises" (1:4)--promises given by God. He urges faith to enjoy and plead them. In the dark place through which their journey lay, they had also the lamp of faith, the Divine Scriptures (1:19). These would help them to overcome sloth in themselves (chapter 1), seducers in the churches (chapter 2), and scoffers in the world (chapter 3).
The fact is stated that false teachers are to be expected, even teachers who deny Jesus Christ. But just as God has always in the past been able to judge the wicked. He will take care of Himself in the future also. God will not be caught off guard by the rise of false teachers. He is not loitering concerning the fulfillment of His promise of the second coming. He will come and judge the wicked.
NECESSITY FOR DILIGENCE 1:1-11
THE MEMORY OF A MOUNTAIN 1:12-21
WARNINGS CONCERNING APOSTATE TEACHERS 2
THE SECOND ADVENT 3
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